Rings of steel: dog owners buy metal collars to deter thieves

Rings of steel: dog owners buy metal collars to deter thieves

British pet owners are now taking elaborate measures to avoid losing their dogs, including putting up higher garden fences, buying GPS trackers and using devices such as Petloc, a lead with two combination locks (attaching it to the collar at one end and a wristband or belt at the other) and comprised of a steel cable inside a tough plastic cover.

Woman, 25, ‘savaged to death by dog she rescued’ is pictured

Woman, 25, ‘savaged to death by dog she rescued’ is pictured

Keira Ludlow is thought to have rescued the dog after finding it in a garden (Picture: Keira Ladlow/Facebook)No one else was inside the property at the time of the attack, but neighbours told how they could hear Ms Ludlow screaming and shouting for help.

Puppy found shut in a garden crate with its ears cut off

Puppy found shut in a garden crate with its ears cut off

Michael Dawson, aged 49, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court.Police and the RSPCA raided his home in Plymouth and found the American Pocket Bully dog – named Riot – in a crate in the garden with its ears cropped.

Excremental growth: UK sniffs a pandemic puppy poo problem

Excremental growth: UK sniffs a pandemic puppy poo problem

Coleman and others attribute the problem to a lockdown boom in dog ownership , a large number of people walking their dogs as part of their daily exercise (rather than letting them go in the garden), and overstretched councils forced to ration dog waste collection to maintain even more fundamental services.

Tim Dowling: the tortoise will not only outlive me, it’ll outwit me, too

Tim Dowling: the tortoise will not only outlive me, it’ll outwit me, too

It is just after 11pm and I am in the garden in a downpour that began precisely as I stepped outside, searching for the tortoise by the light of my phone.“I suppose it would be terrible if he were to sadly pass,” my wife says.

Man jailed for slashing his dog’s throat and leaving it to bleed to death

Man jailed for slashing his dog’s throat and leaving it to bleed to death

The dog’s lifeless body was discovered under a tyre in the garden (Picture: RSPCA)A man who slashed his dog’s neck and left it to bleed to death has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Westminster dog show ditches Madison Square Garden for 1st time in a century

Westminster dog show ditches Madison Square Garden for 1st time in a century

Breed and group judging will be held both days, and best in show will be chosen June 13 and televised by Fox. The 67-acre Lyndhurst site has hosted dog shows over the years.“The Lyndhurst estate is absolutely gorgeous and even with the show moving outside, I think it keeps with the prestige of being Westminster, if not even adds to it,” said Clint Livingston, who has handled dogs at Westminster every year since 1983.

Gardener digs up potato that looks exactly like her dog

Gardener digs up potato that looks exactly like her dog

But Joanne Gudger got a bit of a shock when she unearthed a homegrown potato that looked uncannily like her dog, Dave.‘I still keep laughing about it because I’ll probably never grow a potato that looks like my own dog again.’.

Thieves dragged dog over fence and stole her from family’s garden

Thieves dragged dog over fence and stole her from family’s garden

Lola the English Pointer was pulled over the gate by thieves (Picture: GloucestershireLive/ BPM) She was found three weeks after being stolen on August 15 (Picture: BPM)Laura told Gloucestershire Live: ‘It’s amazing.

Man turns his back garden into peaceful paradise for his poorly dog

Man turns his back garden into peaceful paradise for his poorly dog

Along with a waterfall and massive koi pond, the garden has a Tiki bar (Picture: William Lailey / CATERS NEWS)Chris transformed the garden with help from his wife and some friends from the building trade.

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

The puppy we’re looking after for friends appears at the garden door with a shoe in its mouth.The dog sits on the garden table, lip curled in a sneer, while my wife runs the trimmer over its back.“It’s for dogs,” my wife says.

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

There were over 1,600 days of absence from Royal Mail because of dog attacks last year (Picture: Getty Images)In the last year, most dog attacks on postal workers happened at the front door, in the garden or in the street.

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

This week I’d planned to write about the cats that pass through my garden and how, because the circumference of my life has contracted to the flat’s perimeter, a drop-in from these nimble-pawed visitors was the day’s excitement.I have no idea what any of it means, other than having had enough of living through “historic” times.

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Joe Collings Nutkins ,40, had been meaning to set up the course for a while, but as she has Myalgic Encephalitis (ME), which causes extreme pain and fatigue if not managed, and often needs to rest between playing and training her dogs, she had yet to find the time.

Jogger desperately scales fence to escape aggressive pitbull

Jogger desperately scales fence to escape aggressive pitbull

He could then be seen sat on top of the gate on his phone as the owner still frantically chased the dog on the ground.The jogger, who had jumped down from the other side of the gate, could be seen pacing inside the garden while on the phone.

Claws out! Why cats are causing chaos and controversy across Britain

Claws out! Why cats are causing chaos and controversy across Britain

“He’s so naughty!” says Gina Burnside, a 33-year-old payroll processor from Darlington, of her shorthair rescue cat, Hector.Mike offered the neighbours ownership of Bob, but changed his mind when they refused to put in a cat flap and went on holiday for a week, leaving Bob in their garden.

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the hippo weighed just 29 pounds when she was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in January 2017.

Leg found in search for Chihuahua snatched from garden by seagull

Leg found in search for Chihuahua snatched from garden by seagull

Gizmo vanished after being scooped up by a seagull that flew off with him (Picture: )A leg bone has been found in the desperate search for a miniature Chihuahua that was snatched by a seagull. Becca Hill hopes Gizmo will be found alive (Picture: )Gizmo was taken six miles away at Becca’s home in Paignton.

Bali hotel offers puppy therapy to its guests for free

Bali hotel offers puppy therapy to its guests for free

The best kind of therapy (Picture: @purigardenhotel)Some hotels in Bali are so luxurious you probably won’t even want to leave the place to go sightseeing.

Burying pet rabbits in gardens could spread deadly virus, vets warn

Burying pet rabbits in gardens could spread deadly virus, vets warn

If people cannot afford to take their pet to the vet to establish the cause of death, they are advised either to have the rabbit properly cremated or, if they choose a garden burial, to carefully wrap their pet in plastic first to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

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